Needing a victory to secure a spot in the East Coast Conference postseason tournament, the Bears found itself trailing 2-0. Back-to-back penalty kick conversions from Rockville Centre’s Jess Hawley in the 60th minute and 62nd minute leveled the score at two.
But Mercy, ranked No. 7 national in the latest USA Today/United Soccer Coaches poll, would score three consecutive goals to put the match out of reach.
NYIT finished the conference portion of its schedule at 4-3-2, which is the program’s first winning record in conference play since 2002.
The Bears (8-5-2 overall) still have a pair of nonconference games remaining in Karim Diallo’s first season the team’s head coach. They face Chestnut Hill on Monday night in Philadelphia, then close the season at President’s Stadium against Caldwell on Thursday.